Adam Yauch Dies at 47: What's Your Favorite Beastie Boys Song?

Music 2012/05/04 18:00:00
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Adam Yauch, better known as MCA, one-third of the legendary Brooklyn hip hop group The Beastie Boys, passed away on Friday. He was 47 years old. The cause of death has not been confirmed, but Yauch announced in 2009 that he was being treated for cancer. At the time, press was calling the tumor in his parotid gland "very treatable." Yauch remained hopeful, and in 2010 wrote that he and his friends were meditating twice a day "with a wish for all beings to be cured of all illnesses and to find true lasting happiness."

Yauch came up with the idea to form a hardcore band with Michael "Mike D" Diamond and two other friends, and they played their first show on his 17th birthday in 1981. Yauch played bass. After gaining momentum in the hardcore scene, the third lasting member of The Beastie Boys, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz replaced the group's guitarist and they began to shift from hardcore to hip hop. In 1986 they released their first full-length album, "Licensed to Ill." It became the first hip hop album to top the charts. Over the course of their career, the group won three Grammys.

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  • sash 2012/05/06 00:09:44
    "Fight for Your Right"
    I remember being 18, driving around with License to Ill in the cassette player! I have been a Beastie Boys fan since then, that's 26 years and then kept making great music, doing great things and being really great people.
    You know what makes me sick? Adam Yauch was a really talented guy, an activist, a philanthropist and widely respected and known as a sweet guy. He didn't do drugs, He was a family man, He was never involved in a scandal, he was a buddhist and spoke about peace. The TV has barely mentioned his death. Now if a freakshow like Michael Jackson dies, it's big news. If a celebrity with well documented drug problems and marital problems and behaves like a train wreck dies like Whitney Houston or Amy Winehouse, it's a really big deal for days it's all you see on TV.
    Adam Yauch was an amazing person with a career spanning 33 years, the Beastie Boys have sold over 40 million albums, they have won grammy's and MTV awards. Adam organized the Tibetan Freedom concert. The Beastie Boys were just inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this year. Adam was extremely involved in many charities and was an activist.
    This is the kind of person we should be hearing about instead of 24/7 for days coverage of celebrity train wrecks death.
    I guess if it's not sexy it's not news and we have gotten to the point where most people would rather hear about or watch a scandal than honor someone who was a good person.

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  • Mz Understood 2012/05/04 20:37:15
    Mz Understood
  • I<3Edward 2012/05/04 20:33:36
    any will do....cancer sux!
  • hippietim 2012/05/04 20:25:27
    Paul Revere~

    Tim O' Thy

    :o) clan byrnes
  • Fun-Betty hippietim 2012/05/04 21:20:20
    awesome choice.
  • cin Fun-Betty 2012/05/04 21:25:06
    Stupid sodahead didn't let me vote but this was my choice also !
  • Met 2012/05/04 20:19:14
  • life's ... Met 2012/05/04 20:53:38
  • glass_butterfly ~YSU~ 2012/05/04 20:18:57
    glass_butterfly ~YSU~
  • Tigger Too 2012/05/04 20:17:25
  • cb 2012/05/04 20:13:20
    I liked a lot of their songs but I got burnt out on Fight for your right
  • Oli 2012/05/04 20:10:33
    i give my best wishes to his family.
  • Yankee Traveler 2012/05/04 20:05:36
    "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
    Yankee Traveler
    That's really to bad, way to young too......cancer sucks!!!
  • SOUL4REAL 2012/05/04 20:02:38
    "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
    R.I.P. Adam Yauch! There are so many people dying at such a young age,it's scary! This is why it's so important to live life with "LOVING" one another because tomorrow is not promised to none of "US"! Be nice and smile at someone each and every day!!
  • émilie✿ 2012/05/04 19:58:34
    "Fight for Your Right"
    Nooooooooo! D':

    May he rest in peace!♥

  • Ben 2012/05/04 19:55:57
    Its so amazing that a hip hop band has lasted this long. I hope they can continue to make music after their loss.
  • RoryCanadia 2012/05/04 19:54:09
    "Sure Shot"
    A.) This news sucks. A formative voice in my appreciation of music and in my life in general.

    B.) I chose Sure Shot because it's my favorite on this list but I really enjoyed some of their newer stuff as well of the last record.

    RIP MCA. "I've got more rhymes than I've got grey hairs, and that's a lot because I've got my share."

  • Sam DePecan 2012/05/04 19:51:50
    Sam DePecan
    . . . Who?
  • (>*~*)>Zombiecat<(*-*<) 2012/05/04 19:46:21
    R.I.P. MCA.
  • dispatcher 2012/05/04 19:46:10
    "Fight for Your Right"
    Originally from Brooklyn ,NY myself growingup listening to them i know he will be missed.
    Rest in peace Adam, you will be missed....
  • ♥ Amy ♥ Is Home♥ 2012/05/04 19:36:17 (edited)
    ♥ Amy ♥ Is Home♥
    I cant pick just one though :( RIP MCA
  • Fun-Betty ♥ Amy ♥... 2012/05/04 21:22:38
    absolutely one of my faves ;)
  • Proggy ♥ Amy ♥... 2012/05/07 18:25:53
    Definitely one of their fattest joints!
  • Jimbo 2012/05/04 19:33:47
    It sucks when the musicians you grew up start to die. I've listened to the Beastie Boys since 'Polly Wog Stew' (which I still have on tape somewhere).

  • A Lionheart 2012/05/04 19:30:27
    "Brass Monkey"
    A Lionheart
    And many more.

    RIP MCA.
  • jesusofsuburbia 2012/05/04 19:29:45
  • Chris D 2012/05/04 19:28:39
    "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
    Chris D
    RIP Adam - thanks for the great music
    rip adam music
  • CREW grand 2012/05/04 19:27:37
    CREW grand
    Recently, there has been a spate of celebrities dying far too young.
    Whitney Houston was 48.
    Andrew Breitbart was 43.
    These people were by no means "old."

  • caius madison 2012/05/04 19:27:08
    caius madison
    3MC's and one DJ. I remember they had an extended ideo of the dj walking around town for like 2 minutes to show up where the boys where, then set up and kick it for the song then leave again. Awesome.
  • giggity giggity 2012/05/04 19:24:48
    giggity giggity
    He will always be a legend in my eyes.
  • Davey 2012/05/04 19:23:10
    Somewhat ironic, but Time For Livin' has been and will continue to be one of my favorite songs of all time.

    So long MCA, thanks for giving my life a soundtrack.
  • MiinaNiemi03 2012/05/04 19:18:26
    "Fight for Your Right"
    ...and their new album has some songs I like, but I was never a die hard BB fan to begin with.
  • Kyle 2012/05/04 19:13:27
  • miztemecula 2012/05/04 19:08:00
    "Fight for Your Right"
    Fight For Your Right - my generation!
    My kids started listening in 2008 - The Mix Up

    Sabotage is/was my fave recent release


    kids listening 2008 mix sabotage iswas fave release rip mca
  • Lisa 2012/05/04 19:06:25
    ugh that sucks, i LOVED sabotage one of my all-time favorite songs
  • Brian 2012/05/04 19:04:45
    "Hold It Now, Hit It"

  • Proggy 2012/05/04 19:03:41
    Paul Revere
  • ♥ Amy ♥... Proggy 2012/05/04 19:43:04
    ♥ Amy ♥ Is Home♥
    Bonus Rave =)
  • SebaThe... Proggy 2012/05/04 21:15:14
    SebaTheSociallyAwkwardPenguin 平和
    whos that?
  • Proggy SebaThe... 2012/05/07 18:24:23
  • SebaThe... Proggy 2012/05/18 23:16:20
    SebaTheSociallyAwkwardPenguin 平和
    lol whoops XD

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